Mayme Tyner, 3/15/1906 - 11/05/
Mayme Tyner was one of
four children born to Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner, Laurel Hill, Florida. She was a life long resident of Okaloosa County.
She lived on the land of her forefather, Daniel Campbell. She began teaching school at age 14 after she
passed the Florida Education written exam.
Later she returned to school herself, finishing high school and college
at FSU (then Florida State College for Women) finally receiving a Master’s
degree in education.
Recalling her early childhood she talked about attending the annual 4-month school which
usually began the first Monday following the 4th of July. Prior to 1900 the school in the Laurel Hill
area was a two-room shack with an enrollment of 70 students, two teachers. The teacher usually lived with local families
who had a spare room.
Mayme and her
sister Pearl attended Florida State College for Women
on scholarship. And she supported
herself by working at various jobs. She
taught at Laurel Hill and Niceville before getting a permanent job at Laurel
Hill where she taught until 1957.
interested in politics and served 12 years (1956 – 1968) as Secretary of the Rebublican State Executive Committee for Florida.
her years teaching in the Okaloosa County school system she said, “It has been the
rewarding experience of my life to attend the class reunions of my former
students and to have them tell me of the effect I have had on their
lives.” She added that all she ever
wanted to do was to help build a better community. Mayme also a
rancher and was a registered real estate broker for some twenty years.
She and her sister, Pearl Tyner,
established an Eminent Scholars Chair in Nutrition at Florida State University, naming it for their parents Mack and
Effie Campbell Tyner. Later on another
scholarship was started. It was called
the Mayme Tyner Endowed Scholarship which is awarded
to students who graduate from high schools in the Panhandle area of Florida.
In 2005 there were six recipients.
The epitaph on her grave stone reads as
follows: “I wait for green mornings to
come again, my heart warm with friends I have made, students I have taught, and
a daughter I have loved.”